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Clay Workshops

We have been very busy! We used megalithic tombs and megalithic art as inspiration for our project. We enjoyed our visit to Carrowmore Tombs and we also researched Newgrange and the Turoe Stone in Galway. We then came up with a plan for our project.
We decided to make eight stone like structures out of clay. We thought we could arrange them in a circle and add megalithic art. We also thought we would create holes in our structures and possibly put a light inside (the use of light in Newgrange gave us this idea)! We thought this would be fun and look nice in our school. The final display of our project is still work in progress ;)
Grainne helped us to create our base and we then rolled clay coils into spiral shapes. We took our time doing this and tried to make really tight spirals in the shape of a ‘s’. We made hundreds of these between us! Then we painted the base with slip (slip is watered down clay). We pressed our spirals down gently onto our base. We then pierced holes into our sculptures with paintbrushes.
Our sculptures dried out in our art press for two weeks. Grainne is going to put them into the kiln in Breeogue this week. We are going down to Breeogue on Thursday to see Grainne’s studio and glaze our sculptures!
We are very pleased how our work is turning out! We enjoyed working in teams and seeing our plans turn into reality!



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